I’m quite sure this has been studied properly, but here’s an unrefined and unexplored idea:
- We have more people in prison than ever, and the rates have increased massively over the last couple of decades
- Nobody can figure out why our crime rate keeps falling so significantly
I’d link some stats, but neither statement is controversial and the data are widely available. The questions flow easily from this:
- Are these two things related?
- If they are, does that make the incarceration policy a good one?
- If not, what can we do instead?
As always, the answer is education. But no matter.
I just wonder if anyone has recently looked at how much of our mystery crime rate drop is because we have millions of people in prison.
- The image definitely shows some interesting data, but that’s just for California and it shows correlation not causation. There could be countless factors at play in there. Would love to see an updated professional study on this.